We have discussed the remarkable dependence on federal as opposed to the relocation of these cases to the federal system with the assistance of the local police force. The result can be improved condemnation as well as political coverage. The most recent example is Jacob D. Little, 24, who allegedly stole a high-powered rifle from a patrol car during a riot in Seattle.
Little was charged with possession of a stolen firearm in Seattle on Friday in the US District Court. That charge can later be expanded as it claims he tried to sell the gun (which gives this case a more federal or interstate footprint than some of the previous cases we discussed).
Specifically, the indictment below shows that it was the Seattle Police Department that first investigated and identified Little, but then brought the case up to federal authorities.
Seattle officials fled the vehicle when they were confronted by a riotous mob. Six patrol cars were set on fire that night. Among the stolen items was a Colt M4 rifle with a silencer. Prosecutors allege Little is shown in photos of police officers and videos on YouTube taking the heavy bag out of a Seattle police vehicle. Little also apparently posted a picture of himself on Snapchat posing in front of the same vehicle. Police later found matching clothes in his home, as well as various weapons. The stolen weapon was identified by the serial number and the markings (and the fire extinguisher residue).
The Justice Department referred to news from Little on the Internet that “he has removed the noose and the suppressor, as well as the“ red dot ”(a type of optical sight) from the rifle. All of these accessories were on the rifle when it was stolen from the Seattle Police vehicle. "
The indictment contains a large number of high-quality pictures that allegedly show Little at the vehicle and remove the gun bag. In particular, Little appears to be profiling himself as a kind of gangster in the indictments, including a Facebook account for “Jacob YG Little” – “YG” usually stands for “Yung Gangsta”.
A heartbreaking part of the indictment describes Little's parents being confronted with the evidence against their son:
“Also on July 20, 2020, LITTLE's parents went to the EPD North Precinct and spoke to investigators. Investigators showed LITTLE's parents photos of the suspect, taken on May 30, 2020. Investigators asked them what they saw in the photos. LITTLE's parents were initially silent. S.L. Then I started crying and at one point I pointed to the photos and said, "This is not the son I raised." Detective Magan interpreted this to mean that S.L. recognized the person in the video as SMALL and that she was disappointed to see him take part in such actions. When investigators asked again what they saw in the photos, S.L. said she saw Jacob hold something. Detective Magan released LITTLE, who left the station with his parents. "
Possession of a stolen firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000.
Here's the complaint: Minor charge